First there were her claims of Cherokee heritage. And now Elizabeth Warren is under fire for once boasting about her status involving…breast feeding.
“I was the first nursing mother to take a bar exam in the state of New Jersey,” Massachusetts senatorial candidate Warren said during a presentation at the Chicago Humanities Festival in 2011:
It seems to be that Warren is saying she was the first person in New Jersey to take bar exam while actually nursing at the test site or during the exam. Either way, this claim to fame has people obviously saying: “prove it.”
Her campaign responded:
Elizabeth was making a point about the very serious challenges she faced as a working mom — from taking an all-day bar exam when she was still breast-feeding, to finding work as a lawyer that would accommodate a mom with two small children.
Meanwhile, Winnie Comfort of the New Jersey Judiciary (the group that administers that state’s bar exam) said there’s no way to verify Warren’s claim, the Boston Herald reports.
“Comfort said women have been taking the New Jersey bar exam since 1895, but she’s not aware their nursing habits were ever tracked [emphasis added],” the report adds.
Has Warren been caught boasting of yet another thing that can’t be proved or disproved?
Alana Goodman at Commentary offers some insight:
On it’s face, Warren’s comments seem to be silly but harmless self-congratulation, and that’s how a lot of voters will probably see it. But it does speak to a pattern of exaggerating and stretching biographical details. It’s not just the substance of Warren’s claims that’s troubling, but the habit.
We’ll leave it at that.
(H/T: Legal Insurrection)